September is Disaster Preparedness Month
The recent fires in San Bernardino and the recent earthquake in Italy are good wake up call for families who still need to get prepared for an emergency or disaster. In Orange County, there are a large group of cities, agencies and non-profits that are working night and day to get OC families prepared. It turns out that families are one of the hardest groups to get prepared. Families are so busy just getting through the daily life of school, sports and activities that they often don’t think of large emergencies and are not prepared. We are so used to the comfortable lives that we live that we don’t even think about what we do if they power goes out, if we have no drinking water, or we if we have to evacuate our house at a moment’s notice.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared the month of September as National Preparedness Month and we are urging all families in OC to do a few steps to get prepared. How about picking up an extra case of water the next time you go to Costco? Making copies of your important documents and storing them with a relative or friend out of the area? Fortunately, OC has a website called ReadyOC.org that is dedicated to getting individuals and families prepared. ReadyOC has all the tools and tips that can easily get you and your family prepared. You don’t even need to leave your house to get prepared! You can go on Amazon or any other similar website and buy all the disaster supplies that will provide for you and your family during an emergency. ReadyOC also has information on free trainings that are offered all over OC to get individuals and communities prepared. We are encouraging families to purchase supplies and get some free training so that they know what to do and fair better during a disaster or emergency. If everyone just does a little bit, we can help save the lives our families, neighbors and community members because we do know that there will not be enough first responders to help everyone.